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The Grange: A Fraternity of Farmers that Championed Rural America to be presented at the Nicollet County Historical Society


Saint Peter, MN (September 1, 2023) —The Nicollet County Historical Society is pleased to announce an upcoming presentation on America’s first fraternity of farmers, the Grange. Agricultural historian T.J. Malaskee will take attendees on a journey through the long-forgotten history of this radical post-Civil War Era movement that pushed for progressive measures to heal the nation through agriculture, education, equality, and social interaction.

The Grange, more formally known as the Patrons of Husbandry, was founded by Minnesota Farmer Oliver H. Kelley in 1867. It quickly became popular amongst rural farmers and eventually reached a membership of over one million men and women across the country. The movement’s mission was to promote agricultural education and teach farmers how to band together to overcome challenges and take control of their own economic destinies.

At the presentation, attendees will learn about the Grange’s fascinating history and its role in their lives today. The program will occur on September 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Nicollet County Historical Society. Admission is $10 per adult, $7 per member, and $5 per child. 

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About the Nicollet County Historical Society (NCHS)

The Nicollet County Historical Society was organized on August 22, 1928. Since then, we’ve been gathering, preserving, and sharing the varied history of the people, places, and events that have shaped Nicollet County. We’re a community asset and leader engaging and educating the public and fostering an appreciation of Nicollet County History. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook.

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